Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine
York Hospital’s Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine is a center of excellence for the treatment and care of acute and chronic, non-healing wounds. Every year 3 to 5 million Americans suffer from chronic wounds caused by diabetes, poor circulation and other conditions.Our state-of-the-art outpatient clinical wound care center is dedicated to providing the most comprehensive and advanced treatment options for the management of problem wounds.
Our team of specially trained health care providers works to properly diagnose and treat wounds including:
- Diabetic ulcers
- Venous insufficiency
- Traumatic wounds
- Ischemic ulcers
- Neuropathic ulcers
- Pressure ulcers
- Radiation injuries
- Inflammatory ulcers
- Wounds with bone infection
- Non-healing, chronic wounds
Our wound care center has a unique team of wound care providers and nurses who will review the patient’s health history and may order diagnostic tests, which could include x-rays, blood work and studies to assess circulation. The wound care team, along with the patient will then establish a comprehensive treatment plan to take steps to heal the wound.
Treatments we offer:
- Wound dressings
- Bio-engineered skin
- Collagen wound matrix
- Compression Therapy
- Non-Invasive vascular assessment
- Transcutaneous Oxygen Monitoring
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment
- Total Contact Casting
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a non-invasive and painless treatment in which a patient lies in a monoplace chamber while breathing 100% oxygen while under increased atmospheric pressure. HBOT causes extra oxygen to dissolve into the blood plasma, which feeds the damaged tissues. This promotes the formation of new capillaries in the areas of wounds and thus healing of wounds. HBOT also inhibits the growth of bacteria also helping in wound healing. Treatments last approximately two hours. The number of treatments is determined by the hyperbaric doctor and is based on the patient’s diagnosis. Most patients receive treatments daily for 20-30 treatments. Most patients rest comfortably during treatments while watching tv or listening to music.
There are several medical problems that may benefit from Hyperbaric Medicine:
- Post-radiation tissue injury
- Diabetes-related foot and ankle ulcers
- Crush injuries
- Compromised skin grafts and flaps
- Necrotizing soft tissue infections
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Acute traumatic peripheral ischemia
- Compartment syndrome/crush injuries
York Hospital Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine provides you with a relaxed and comfortable environment during your therapy. Hyperbaric oxygen treatments occur while you lie comfortably in the chamber. A specially trained technician is at your side at all times to assist you. You can listen to music, watch TV or nap throughout the therapy.
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